Description: Beaucarnea gracilis is a small dioecious tree or large shrublike succulent species with many slender, curving vertical stems, that emerge from a large beautiful globose woody base, it is related to the well-known ponytail plant Nolina recurvata. The spreading base with its corky bark of much battered appearance, resembles a giant elephant's foot. It is also related to the Tree Yuccas and branched like them at the top. It can grow up to m in height in the ground but sometime it can reach imposing dimension up to 12 m overall Stem succulent caudex : The caudex comprising the bulbous basal part of the trunk and the upper part of the rootstock is enormously swollen, a large part of which is visible above ground. It is more or less circular in cross-section, with variously shaped and irregularly contorted vertical stems. The trunk is covered with much gnarled, thick and fissured grey to brown corky bark that ages into polygonal or rectangular plates that would look at home on a pine tree Leaves: Persistent, in open rosettes, very narrow cm long, similar to those of Beaucarnea stricta , but thinner mm wide versus mm of B.
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Beaucarnea gracilis can grow well in many climates. Ideal Growing in a mediterranean climate it is an extraordinarily beautiful and gracefully unique form. Growing in the protection of a two-story structure that faces the South East these in our gardens are protected from cold winter winds blowing in from the NW. These grow in San Diego County North seven 'Crow miles' from the Eastern Pacific and experience cool gentle winds from the Sea , unlike the NW winter winds that blast subfreezing winds from the snow-capped Palomar Mts.
These subfreezing temperatures sometimes extend all the way to the Pacific coast. There are 5 of these growing in patio atrium. We moved them here 30 years ago. None of them have flowered yet. There are over flowering Beaucarneas in the gardens 5 species all of which flower. Usually every year. The will flower during all seasons, though most often in early spring or early fall.
Has typical 'elephant foot' swollen, ornamental base and has thin, wispy slight recurved leaves- much thinner than other 'beaucarnia'-like plants.
Looks a lot like Beaucarnea stricta, but has a much thicker head of slightly thinner leaves that droop a bit B stricta leaves don't droop at all are are wider. Also this one doesnt' tent to have quite the exaggerated fissured trunk that B stricta has.
Gardeners' Notes: 2. Post a comment about this plant. Popular Plants. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden. Beaucarnea bow-KAR-nee-uh Info. On May 12, , thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote: Beaucarnea gracilis can grow well in many climates. On Mar 5, , palmbob from Acton, CA Zone 8b wrote: Has typical 'elephant foot' swollen, ornamental base and has thin, wispy slight recurved leaves- much thinner than other 'beaucarnia'-like plants.
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Beaucarnea gracilis is an attractive member of the subfamily Nolinaceae of the family Asparagaceae native to partial-desert areas in Mexico. Its name "gracilis", meaning "slender", is misleading, as its trunk is especially bulbous. It was formerly known as Nolina gracilis. As a seedling, B. In habitat, this forms a ground rosette of over 3 feet in diameter. The trunk becomes extremely large and grows a sparse coverage of short and sparsely branching branches which can grow up to 20—23 feet. Thick tufts of leaves of up to 3.